Category: Film and Music


“Obliterated: Getting Back Film Herstory”

By Casandra Prerost

Horizonvmusic.com took great pleasure in sponsoring the workshop “Obliterated: Getting Back Film Herstory” by Elizabeth Orrin and Casandra Prerost at the ECU Film Festival ’19 here in Paris back in April this year. Clearly the Cannes Film Festival 2019 was inspired by the same image of the great Agnès Varda as we were!

We wanted to build on a presentation we sponsored back in 2014, “Where are the Women?” also presented by Casandra , to see where there had been advances and where things needed to improve and with a nod to Agnès Varda, to see how we can keep Film Herstory.

The research process for Elizabeth and Casandra was one of endless discovery and the Wow factor. Both presenters are well schooled and knowledgable in the film industry (Masters degrees in Film and Film and Video Production) but were astonished at the enormity of women’s contribution to the film industry and highlighted the great pioneers like Alice Guy-Blaché and Lois Weber. The other discovery was the process of forgetting or obliterating these pioneers. Case in point:

Certainly the situation has improved and there is a greater exposure and research of women’s involvement and contribution to the development of the film industry. But the authors looked more closely.

For a long time editors were called cutters and guess what, they were women. When the job became editing (an Irving Thalberg initiative, inspired by his work with Margaret Booth), it transformed into a male profession. But most of the innovations in editing were made by women. And Margaret Booth and Anne Coates were major contributors, the only editors to receive a Academy Award for lifetime achievement.

But when we look more broadly it is truly amazing, the technical complexity, the innovation and the great collaborations with directors where , unfortunately with time the female editor is forgotten or even “edited out” of credits (as was Yolanda Benvenuto) and simply disappear from the film canon taught to ensuing generations of film makers.

The authors highlighted the “forgetting” of the pioneering work of so many editors like Yelizaveta Slilova (the collaborator of Dziga Vertov) , Esfir Tobak (the collaborator of Sergei Eisenstein) and Yolanda Benvenuti (the editor for Roberto Rosselini for 30 years, written out of the film credits and replaced with a man).

The presenters used a test from www.womenfilmeditors.princeton.edu on our audience ( of independent film makers and film students primarily). How did they do? Badly, like the authors.

The first time any editor was ever credited “upfront” was in 1967: Dede Allen for Bonnie and Clyde. The list is long – check out the presentation PDF here – for your enjoyment and edification on the current situation, herstories, great links, great research , a mind-boggling list of great films edited by women.

Check out the 2018 video “Edited by” about women editors – you will be amazed.

EDITED BY (the film companion to WomenFilmEditors.princeton.edu) from Su Friedrich on Vimeo.

So what happens now? We provided an action list to our participants -good to go.

And lastly, Elizabeth and Casandra have a complete workshop structure for any film school/ cultural studies courses. Contact details on the Obliterated PDF

Casandra Prerost


by Clara Zicaro

Clara is a Parisiennne working with the HorizonVU team. She is studies communications and intends to pursue the Master of Business degree. She is fluent in French, Italian, German and English. She is passionate about music, dance and the performing arts. She studies viola, voice-singing and she is a contemporary dancer at the Conservatoire La Garenne.


One year after her first single “La loi de Murphy”, Angèle published her first album “Brol” last 5th October.

Angèle was soaked in art and especially music since her early childhood. Her father, Marka is a well-known singer in Belgium. Her mother is the actress Laurence Bibot and her brother is the famous rapper Roméo Elvis. Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald and Hélène Ségara, Angèle has a classical and jazz piano background. She is an author, composer and performer and will seduce you with her pure and delicate voice. Her songs are based on humor, mockery and stand back. Her lyrics are characterized by their simplicity.

Let’s discover her latest video clip: « Tout oublier » in collaboration with his brother Roméo Elvis.

To know more about Brol check out

« Brol » means mess or Capernaum in Belgian argot. “I wanted to put a Belgian word in my album, even more that it always makes me laugh. The “brol” is a mess, an optimistic and light disorder, it is not at all pejorative” explained Angèle. “This word makes me remember my childhood, my country because I am there less and less. I found it really reassuring”

The « Brol », is our state of brain after listening to her album and trying to find one musical genre fitting Angèles’ songs. In “Nombreux” we heard the piano and her voice. “La Thune” is a pop and sometimes reggae song. “Tout oublier” is a rap and “Flou” includes an electro part.

Main themes of “Brol”

The main themes of this album are: social networks and narcissism which are developed in “”Victime des réseaux” and “La Thune”. Then, love, introspection and melancholy are also current topics (in “Les matoins”). In “Nombreux”, the piano gives a romantic melody. “Ta reine” highlights the feminism homosexuality.

Despite the fact that November is the month where coldness worsens and Christmas fast approaches, we at ECU have been so focused on our quest of discovering and sharing with you the very best of indie film, that we haven’t even picked out a festive jumper to wear, let alone started our letters to Papa Noel. And we do it all (well, partially) for you, our dear followers!

We once again searched the souls of film’s finest with our regular Spotlight feature, this month including profiles on Richard Kelly, Jia Zhangke, Tom Hardy, and Paul Dano, as well as offering some in-depth analysis on the films The Killing of a Secret Deer, Sing Street, and Loving Vincent, all to be found on our cracking blog.

Outside of our Paris office, however, we found ourselves on many adventures, not least having the absolute pleasure of once again attending the Aesthetica Film Festival from the 8th-12th November. We saw a plethora of incredible films, all located in different buildings in the beautiful city of York, England. We had an amazing time there and hope we get the honour of being invited back next year!

From the quaint British North, we found ourselves leapfrogging to the other side of the metaphorical pond as ECU On-The-Road ventured to Celaya, Mexico, to screen some of the best films of last year’s films at the International Film Festival Celayas (FICC) from the 24th-26th of this month. It was truly awe-inspiring to be part of such a haven of filmmakers and enthusiasts and to witness the films we cherish so much being played to, and adored by, a whole new audience. Hasta pronto, Mexico!

One thing, however, that is definitely approaching quicker than our next trip to Mexico (sob sob) is the Early Bird Deadline for film submissions, coming up this month. Sunday 17th December is the final day you can submit for this deadline with 23:59 ETC being the exact minute it ends. Make sure you don’t miss it!

That’s all the updates we have for you for now. If you don’t think you can wait another whole month to hear about our crazy shenanigans, don’t forget to check out our social media pages (click to see our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) for constant (and I mean constant) updates of what we are up to.



FNAC Live 2017 – 6 – 8 July – Hôtel de Ville

The FNAC-sponsored annual outdoor music event held in the heart of Paris distances itself from its peer festivals in that it offers music-lovers a string of buzzing concerts featuring artists who represent the best in modern French music, all for free. Each year, the music retailer giant FNAC assembles an impressive line-up of talented artists – from up-and-coming mavericks to established musical veterans – to the 4th arrondisement’s historic Hôtel de Ville district for riotous festivities and sonorous music spanning 4 nights during the first week of July – following a 5pm to midnight schedule. The event promises a series of electrifying musical performances from the likes of firebrand Julien Cleric and the talented darlings of record label Label Microqlima (The Pirouettes, Fishbach, Mémé Tan etc) on the festival’s opening night, to an eclectic assortment of artists (Juliette Armanet, Albin de la Simone, Tim Dup…) on the remaining nights. The jam-packed festival schedule will also feature concerts held at the smaller, more intimate venue of the Salon des Arcades for those festival-goers seeking a more relaxed, subdued festival experience – for more information about the highly-anticipated live event, click here!


ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2018

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The European Independent Film Festival, one the World’s most distinctive independent film festivals, encouraging innovation and creativity and showcasing great films to audiences who appreciate and love independent cinema, announces its call for submissions for 2018.

ÉCU’s mantra is to Discover, Project and Promote the World’s Best Independent Films and we are actively seeking innovative, absorbing and original independent films across our fourteen categories.

For the last 12 years ÉCU has passionately promoted independent filmmaking and has expanded its presence on a global scale with screenings in over 20 countries annually. ÉCU is often referred to as the European equivalent of Sundance, an honour that we don’t take lightly.

ÉCU offers independent filmmakers the opportunity to express their cinematic narratives in the most compelling ways possible. Filmmakers who compete in ÉCU’s Official Selection join an active community of exceptional creatives who continually push the boundaries of cinema.

Cinema is an art form that can only evolve by being simultaneously nourished and challenged.

“I’m honoured to be amongst such crafted filmmakers…such wonderful people.” – Daniela Leitner, director of LATE SEASON, winner of Best European Independent Animated Film 2017.

The 13th edition of ÉCU will take place on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of May 2018 in Paris, France and will screen about 100 of the very best independent films from around the World. While ÉCU focuses on European talent, it celebrates international filmmakers and hosts several categories dedicated to non-European films.

EUROPEAN CATEGORIES
– Dramatic Feature
– Dramatic Short
– Documentary
– Animated Film
– Music Video
– Experimental Film
– Comedy Film

NON-EUROPEAN CATEGORIES
– Dramatic Feature
– Dramatic Short
– Documentary

WORLDWIDE CATEGORIES
– Student Film
– Arab Special Section
– Feature & Short Script Competition

Our Call for Submissions for ÉCU 2018 is now officially open. Click here to submit your film!

Scott Hillier
President
ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival


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ECU_2017

The 12th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival will be held in Paris, France on 21st, 22nd and 23rd of April 2017
Female Filmmakers Initiative: Barriers and Keys to Success for Women in Film
and Music

Where: Les 7 Parnassiens, 98 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
When: Saturday, April 22nd // 10:30 – 11:30
Featured Speakers: Bianca Mina and Aloïse Gouptil-Tiers
Sponsored by HorizonVU Music

Bianca Mina

Bianca Mina

Aloise Goupil-Tiers

Aloise Goupil-Tiers

The purpose of this interactive workshop is to further understanding of the barriers and keys to success for women in film and music through the personal experiences and observations of two featured female panellists representing and speaking to different dimensions of the professional film and music industries Bianca Mina and Aloïse Gouptil-Tiers. The program is intended to facilitate interaction among people interested in issues related to participation of women in film and music and to suggest action points.

Bianca Mina is a passionate writer/director/producer. Bianca majored in Film Studies at the American University of Paris, Latin American Film at NYU Buenos Aires and Film Producing in Los Angeles with independent filmmaker mentor, Tom Malloy. She has been working in the film industry for 8 years now and some of her projects include documentary “Fuera de casa” filmed in Panama, a successful sitcom on Romanian prime time television and two shorts films written, directed and produced in Paris.

After a childhood in Marseille, Aloïse came back to Paris and studied alternative culture through many travels, linking sociology studies and photography. She stayed one year in Poland where she became interested in Pacific revolution and owning properties conception, and received the first Polish prize for portraits. She worked as a photographer in Mumbai, India, for The Hindustan Times newspaper. Nowadays she is making movies in France and keeps taking pictures as often as she can.

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It’s been a very busy month for the ÉCU team – as it always is at the end of the year. Between some chocolate cakes and some Portuguese cupcakes we found the time also to shoot some funny videos, but spent most of the time watching film submissions.

We shoot a lot in this month – from EICAR – The International Film & Television School Graduation Ceremony, where we saw the creatures of a lot of very promising filmmakers (which we hope to see submitted to ÉCU soon), to the fantastic evening at the International Chamber of Commerce for their 2016 Photographic Awards. We saw some beautiful photographs along the current theme of #PeoplePlanet and we had some great food cooked by Les Cuistots Migrateurs, thanks to the work of some very talented chefs hailing from migration countries. ÉCU Team is also a master of combining fun and work: we spent a day in Batofar, where we had the chance to see indie rock band Belle Roscoe perform. This brother sister duo really offered us a great performance and a perfect occasion for shooting the magic of the moment!

This month was so full that we could not visit them but a lot of our festival partner took place and we always have a look of what happens in them. In Italy D.E-R, an association of documentary filmmakers from Emilia-Romagna, held its 10th edition in the inspirational city of Bologna.

In Berlin instead, took place the Award Ceremony of the Around Film Festival is a network based film collective that gathers international colleagues all around. Flying to Netherlands, we could have seen the movies of the Eindhovens Film Festival, an independent and non-commercial festival that prides itself on searching for “artistically free” independent filmmakers who make statements and choose unconventional storylines.

Although our international staff went home for Christmas, some of us stays in Paris waiting for your film submissions! Our Regular Deadline is on the 31st of December. We think submitting your film is the perfect way to spent an amazing New Year’s Eve and look forward for 2017!


ECU-logo-2016-BLACK_small-150x150The European Independent Film Festival is thrilled to announce that this year ÉCU has partnered up with The Paris Marriott Rive Gauche! Not only you can stay close to the Les 7 Parnassiens cinema, where ÉCU screenings will take place but receive special deals during the festival weekend!

Four-star style and unparalleled convenience blend seamlessly at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center. The hotels features an ideal location on the renowned Left Bank, allowing for simple access to the best of Montparnasse and the surrounding area as well as Les 7 Parnassiens cinema! You can make yourself comfortable in a recently redesigned hotel rooms and suites; all accommodations provide first-class amenities, with select rooms offering views of the beautiful Paris cityscape. In addition, the hotel showcases traditional French Bistro cuisine at a signature restaurant, R’Yves, and a fully equipped fitness center. The Marriot Rive Gauche hotel proudly offers over 50,000 square feet of elegant, flexible venue space, as well as first class planning and catering services.The only thing you have to do is to click this link to make your reservation.

Enjoy your stay and see you at the 12th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival!

Rock en Seine 2016!

Rock en Seine

By Kayla Flores

Wow what a weekend! This year’s Rock en Seine truly set a standard for summer music festivals. With various activities, food, bars, and more along with one of the best line ups for rock music, Rock en Seine was a smash hit!

Friday’s big acts being The Last Shadow Puppets, Breakbot, Two Door Cinema Club, Clutch, and Damien Jr. Gong Marley. Amongst the big names, Friday truly held an impressive list. Saturday was not disappointing either, with great acts including Wolfmother, Beau, Bring Me The Horizon, Grand Blanc, La Femme, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, L7, and Massive Attack. Wolfmother truly rocked out and engaged with the crowd. Beau performed at the Pression Live stage drawing in fesitval goers with their eclectic sound. Heather and Emma of Beau, had great energy on stage.  Beau even surprised fans with a new song! Throughout the terrible heat, attendees were able to stay cool with snow cones, ice cream, and sporadic water fights! It was quite a fun time.

With the intense heat continuing into Sunday’s festivities, the staff continued to make a bearable environment by providing splash zones near the stages as well as the whole park held water stations allowing festival goers to fill up and stay hydrated. Sunday started off with Maestro who was unique in his sound and kept the early crowd entertained. Blues Pills performed on the main stage and drew in a large crowd, despite the heat, with a high number of music lovers taking shelter in the shade while their favorite bands performed. Kevin Morby was excellent in his ability to pull a crowd with his beautiful voice. KillASon is a French rapper, whom performed all his work in English attracting the international crowd. He truly is a performer as he danced all around the stage and entertained everyone in the audience. Going from the rap world to the heart of Harlem with Gregory Porter allowed for a great transition to calm down once again. The saxophone and piano skills of his band were exceptional and captured the majority of festival goers as he paid tribute to the lives lost in the world this past year. Following the wonderful jazz, we moved to see Miike Snow, an up and coming hit maker in the electro pop world. With many hits already, Miike Snow showed his versatility and performed a great show. Then it was time to reminisce of the simpler times in the early 2000s for any American teenager, it was time for Sum 41. Performing all their early hits, as well as announcing an album release in October, the crowd was ecstatic jumping up and down and singing along to all of Sum 41’s hit songs as well as recent work.

After using up quite a bit of energy, it was time to grab some food. Dining options at Rock en Seine were endless. International options including cuisines from South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, as well as North America. Essentially a taste of the world. We decided to hit the Burrito Truck creating beautiful chicken burritos and nachos with jalapenos as well as grabbing some refreshing beer. Finishing up our grub, we ran over to see the one, the only, the legend. Iggy Pop. In true fashion, Iggy got the crowd rowdy and loud! It was a special event to see this man perform live. With such energy and excitement, we caught up with CHVRCHES and calmed down to their synthpop sound. The final act was none other than, Foals. Having the opportunity to see them live at a festival earlier this summer, it was awesome to end the summer with Foals again. What a treat. These guys truly speak to the crowd with their high energy, engaging conversation pieces, and all around great vibes.

IMG_8177Rock en Seine was everything and more. With great staff, amazing food, the best line up of artists, and a thought out layout allowed for ease for festival goers. Acoustics were on point allowing performances to be held in similar time slots, but not interrupting each other.

Great job, until next summer. Rock en Seine 2016, rock on!

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